Samuel J. Terry, Chase B. Erickson, and Dylan C. Reeder are all being held in the Ada County Jail on felony burglary charges after police say they were seen trying to break into cars in West Boise early Friday morning.
The 21-year-old Terry is also charged with a DUI because police say he was intoxicated while driving the group around to do the break-ins. Police say Terry registered a .17 blood alcohol content percentage after taking breath test, which is more than twice the legal bac limit of .08, according to reports.
Police began their investigation around 3 a.m. Friday after getting a call from a resident in an apartment building near the South Latah and West Alpine streets intersection who saw several men walking in the parking lot trying to get inside cars. The caller said the group got inside one car and was rummaging around. By the time officers arrived, the men were gone, according to reports.
A short time later police got a call from a resident in the 800 block of Maple Grove Road who said they saw a group of men trying to get into cars. The description of the men and the car matched the earlier call but there was more detailed information about the car, which police were able to find going north on Maple Grove.
It was during the traffic stop that police discovered Terry, who was driving, had an arrest warrant for a probation violation. Thats when they searched the car and found items that police later figured out were stolen from other cars, including a GPS unit, and hardware, and the registration papers, according to reports.
Police say Terry also appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests before he took the breath test. Erickson and Reeder, both 21, were passengers in the car. Court records indicate Terrys probation violation is connected to his arrest on a different felony burglary charge in February.
All three men were then arrested and booked into the jail. Police are trying to determine if the group are connected with any other car burglaries in the area, officials said Friday morning.
All three men will make their initial court appearances Friday afternoon.
The crime of burglary is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.